San Antonio hospital performs double lung transplant on COVID-19 patient

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 12:29:11-05

SAN ANTONIO, TX — A patient who suffered permanent lung damage from COVID-19 is recovering after receiving a double lung transplant at University Hospital in San Antonio several weeks ago.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the surgery happened in late October and was the first of its kind to be performed in San Antonio.

Only a small number of these procedures have taken place in Texas.

Before the transplant, the patient required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a type of life support that bypasses the lungs by manually adding oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the blood.

Doctors with the Transplant Center said the patient has asked for privacy at this time.